Doing things differently

How can doing things differently promote rights, support recovery and tackle stigma?

This showcase explores how two organisations are using different methods to improve the lives of people with mental health conditions.

Skye & Lochalsh Citizens Advice Bureau are working to tackle the limitations and social isolation faced by people with mental health problems living in remote areas. This session takes a detailed look at their Advise-Ability project, which works to counter this by offering home visits to people with mental health conditions, to give them advice and help on welfare rights, money, debt, employment, housing and community services.

The Hope Café is a peer led project in Lanarkshire which challenges stigma and helps individuals in their recovery by offering activities that are proven to support positive mental health and wellbeing and offer valuable peer support to each other.

The project is based around the café in Lanark, where they create their famous ‘Depressed Cakes’ which have been used in their Bun and Blether project which tackles stigma in workplaces. The Hope Cafe founder and a volunteer talk about how this grassroots idea grew from a small weekly pop-up project in a church hall into a thriving hub for mental wellbeing with its very own premises.


  • Donna Barrowman (Founder, Hope Cafe) @Wrap_Scotland
  • Gill Terry (Project Worker, Skye and Lochalsh Citizens Advice Bureau) @CitAdviceScotland
  • Jane Dick (Volunteer, Hope Café)
  • Lisa Cohen (Programme Manager, See Me) (Chair)

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